On July 4th of last week, my blog asserted its independence, the little bugger.
It up and left me.
I went to sign in on Wednesday afternoon to publish some comments and leave a "Gone Raftin'" post. When I logged into the Movable Type platform, I received this:
Couldn't load blog; perhaps you have not upgraded your MT database? - Loading data failed with SQL error Can't open file: 'mt_blog.MYI' (errno: 145)
Perhaps I had what? Most of those words didn't make sense to me. Beads of sweat on my forehead, I tried to log in again, only to have the computer flip me the finger and start making ticking sounds.
Addicted to blogging and having no clue how to access my portal to the blogosphere, I panicked and called the yahoos at Yahoo! customer service. Press "one" twice. Press "three." Count alphabetically to 80, in German. Juggle three cats and a chainsaw while humming the theme to The Facts of Life. Oh, and don't put them on speakerphone because they'll hear you bitching once they finally pick up.
After being transferred seven different times, speaking with four different Yahoos, and allowing my voice to start issuing forth comments like, "You don't have a supervisor and you cannot transfer my call? Unless you work at the bottom of a well on the moon, I am inclined to believe you are lying," I was transferred to Ryan.
"Hi, Ryan. I was just told you didn't exist. It's nice to meet you."
All seven IT people had told me my blog was murdered by the Yahoo! mySQL (my Squirrel?) database and that I would have to rebuild the whole damn thing. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I needed Ryan to tell me everything was okay.
"Kerri, your files were deleted during the course of the error. You will need to rebuild your entire blog."
Ryan and I exchanged pleasantries. In my mind, I was pinching him.
And then I went away on vacation, leaving my blog wounded and without updates.
So I apologize to anyone who has been trying to leave comments and received the "We cannot display this page because Yahoo! is run by third graders, thank you." page. I'll be reposting the last few entries here for those of you who sent emails. Unfortunately, old posts will not be able to receive comments anymore, but they will remain in tact in the archives.
And I apologize for leaving Michael Moore's goofy face staring at you since last Tuesday.
Things should be in normal working order now, but if anyone runs into any technical difficulties on this new platform, please email me and let me know. I'll be rebuilding Ye Olde Blogroll and Your Story this week, so bear with me for a few more days.
For now, I'm off to download the pictures from the white-water rafting trip (Jenn, I'm emailing them to you tomorrow!) and reunite myself with my insulin pump.